Web Accessibility Statistics
Web Accessibility Statistics
The Numbers Behind Web Accessibility
Your organization’s website could be at risk without you realizing it. You are not alone.
Did you know that 70% of UK websites are not compliant with accessibility laws? With nearly 12 million people with disabilities in the United Kingdom, this is a big problem. And it’s not just a problem in the UK. Globally, around 10% of the world’s population (650 million people) live with a disability. As life expectancy increase, this number is also expected to grow.
Looking at numbers a little closer to home, there were nearly 56.7 million Americans with a disability in 2015. That’s 19% of the population, or nearly 1 in 5 people. Between 110 million and 190 million adults have significant functional difficulties.
A Look at the Numbers
Not only is it the law to create an accessible website, it’s just good business. Let’s look at the numbers.
We’ve already mentioned that 1 in 5 individuals in this country have some sort of disability, which means 1 in 5 people visiting your website could have a hard time navigating it.
Disability Statistics in the United States
Here’s a more specific look at the number of people in the United States who could find their way to your website and who also live with various disabilities:
- As of 2016, an estimated 3.8 million people aged 21 to 64 years were blind or had serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses
- Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing
- The number of people living with cognitive disabilities in the United States is equal to twice the population of New York City.
Types of Disabilities and Populations
- Hearing Difficulty: 316,450,569
- Vision Difficulty: 316,450,569
- Cognitive Difficulty: 296,658,475
- Ambulatory Difficulty: 296,658,475
- Self-Care Difficulty: 296,658,475
- Independent Living Difficulty: 242,958,638
Lack of Compliance is Considered Discrimination
Given these numbers, if your website is not accessible to those with disabilities, you are leaving out a significant portion of the population. And when these users can’t easily access your website, they will go somewhere else, even if it means paying more for a service or product.
You know that discrimination against people with disabilities is against the law, but business owners often do not consider what this means for their websites, or their bottom-line.
As an example: some of the 3.8 million people mentioned above with visual impairments may use a screen reader to consume text in the HTML code of web pages, to translate it into audible speech. If text is not embedded in image properties (using alt tags), this could render the content inaccessible to visually impaired users, violating the the Equality Act of 2010.